Best Wishes for Two Raiders
Today marks the last day at North Cross for two important and vital members of our staff. Stephen Belderes, Dean of Student Life, summed it up for so many of the people who have worked with Whitney Aldridge and Katherine Kelly. â€œEveryone will miss them. I know it's simple, but it is absolutely true.â€
Whitney Aldridge (center in photo) has been an integral part of the community since 2010. Working closely with Dr. Proctor in her role as Assistant to the Headmaster, Whitney also coordinated campus events including Convocation, Foundersâ€™ Day, and Commencement. She helped Ellie Proctor host the parties at the Headmasterâ€™s home for special guests, alumni, and the school community. Always one of the busiest people on campus, she even found the time to assist with the marketing and promotion of the school by writing press releases, editing our weekly Crossties emails, and establishing our social media presence. Starting next week, Whitney Aldridge will begin at Roanoke College as the Assistant to the President, working directly with Roanoke College President Mike Maxey.
David Lake, Associate Director of Development, appreciated how Whitney was a Raider in the best sense of the word. â€œShe found a way to contribute in everything she touchedâ€”taking the lead, being support, giving feedback, lending a second set of eyes, being a critical thinker, or just cheering you on. You can count on her to be present and engaged,â€ he said.
â€œShe was a North Cross person the day she arrived,â€ Director of Development Chris Moore â€™71 said. â€œMany of her friends are alumni and friends of the school, and she represented us well. Everyone here saw her involvement, she touched every part of our community.â€
Katherine Kelly â€™98 (left in photo from 1998 yearbook) has worked in the Admission Department since 2012, and has led our resurgent varsity field hockey team the last few seasons as the head coachâ€”taking them to the state championship last fall. Katherine will be moving on to the next phase of her life in Washington, D.C. Amy Jackson, Director of Admission, said that having an alum of the school in the department has been an asset. â€œKatherine has a real love of the school, and she shared that passion with our families as we welcomed them to our community,â€ she said. Chris Moore echoed Amyâ€™s statement. â€œAs an alum, her passion, experience, and knowledge lent instant credibility to everything she said to a prospective parent,â€ he said.